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Actors: Kim Myeong-min, Kim Tae-woo, Kim Yu-mi, Yoo Jun-Sang, Jeong Yu-seok
Director: Lee Gyu-man
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Due to inadequate use of anesthetics, a young boy experiences intra-operative awareness during his own heart surgery, hearing every sound and movement of the procedure. The little boy is severely traumatized from this horr... more »
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Beverley B. (Gigglingoth) from ZION, IL
Reviewed on 2/18/2012...
Even tho this is supposed to be the original Japanese version to the US's version of Awake-the two are nothing alike. I honestly dont understand the low rating, it really is a pretty good movie. There are some interesting twist as only the Japanese can do. I've watched it several times and always enjoyed it.
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More Stupid Cover Art for A Quality Film
Anticlimacus | 10/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The marketing execs who approve the cover art of these South Korean DVD releases should be shot. Wide Awake (aka The Return) is not a cheap slasher as the cover depicts.
On the contrary, it's a very entertaining thriller with a lead antagonist who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing anesthetic awareness during a childhood surgury. This is chock-full of originality because the killer uses exotic medical tactics to dispatch his victims. The orchestration behind one particular murder is magnificent, going down as an instant classic in cinema. However, the final half hour drops the ball a bit with an unoriginal, cliched climax and a few too many twists that take the already stretched realism and throw it out the window. A better ending would have made this film critic-proof, but in its current state it still packs quite a punch.
Do yourself a favor and see this. It's quality entertainment."